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Kelly Writers Series

The Kelly Writers Series brings world-renowned poets, playwrights and authors of fiction and nonfiction for readings and discussion to DePauw's campus. Spring 2016 readings include:

TARFIA FAIZULLAH and David James Poissant 

feb. 24 | 7:30 P.m.
peeler art center, auditorium

Faizullah is the GLCA New Writers Award Winner and author of Seam. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey calls Faizullah’s debut collection "gorgeous and harrowing … we confront the past and its aftermath in the lives of women interrupted by violence and brutality and loss … a poet of brave and unflinching vision." She has won a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship and her poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry Magazine, Oxford American, and Ploughshares.

Poissant is the GLCA New Writers Award Winner and author of The Heaven of Animals. Writer Karen Russell calls Poissant’s debut novel “a Venn diagram of the miraculous and absurd…. Poissant can spoon-bend reality.”  His stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Playboy, and The New York Times.  


Adrian Matejka

March 9 | 7:30 P.M.
Memorial student union building, ballroom

Matejka is this year’s Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Winner and author of The Devil’s Garden (2002), Mixology (2008), and The Big Smoke (2013), which poetically explores the life of boxer Jack Johnson. It also won the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Pulitzer Prize winning author Yusef Komunyakaa writes of The Big Smoke, “This poet’s Jack Johnson is made of sweat, blood, and vulnerability.”


faculty reading

March 30 | 7:30 P.M.
green center for the performing arts, thompson recital hall

The English Department faculty read from their own works in this annual event.


Sarah Gerkensmeyer

april 3 | 7:30 P.M.
PEELER ART CENTER, AUDITORIUM

Winner of the Autumn House Fiction Prize and Late Night Library’s Debut-litzer, Gerkensmeyer’s first story collection What You Are Now Enjoying approaches the familiar in unfamiliar ways.  Writer Stewart O’Nan calls her “a sneaky sorceress of a story teller.”  Her stories and poems have appeared in American Short Fiction, Guernica, and the Massachusetts Review.  Sarah is also a DePauw '01 Alum. 


Angela Pelster

APRIL 20 | 7:30 P.M.
PEELER ART CENTER, AUDITORIUM

Pelster is the GLCA New Writers Award Winner and author of Limber, which charts the world’s history through its trees. Her essays reach across time and space from the skinny poplars of her youth in Canada to a desert in the Niger. Publishers Weekly calls her essay collection “nimble and curious.” Pelster’s work has appeared in journals such as Granta and The Gettysburg Review.